There were a lot of different things going on with the Red Sox last season: the David Ortiz retirement tour, the Pablo Sandoval spring training sideshow, and the emergence of young studs Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts. All this hoopla allowed Dustin Pedroia's season to fly under the radar for the most part, although it truly shouldn't have. The franchise second baseman was incredibly productive all year long, producing his highest batting average (.318) and hit total (201) since his MVP season in 2008. He even had a power surge, bashing 15 home runs and 36 doubles en route to raising his slugging percentage to .449, tied for his best mark over the past five seasons. Pedroia certainly doesn't possess the speed he once did, but as long as he stays on the field, it's realistic to expect a batting average around .290 with double-digit home runs and generous helpings of runs and RBI once again in 2017.
Pedroia has made good progress in his rehabilitation from offseason knee surgery, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports. Pedroia, who reversed a trend of declining hitting numbers in 2016, and is expected to be ready for spring training, telling reporters in a text, "I'll be ready, don't you worry."
Pedroia underwent minor surgery on his left knee and is expected to be ready for spring training, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports. He had a left knee arthroscopy (partial medial meniscectomy, chondroplasty) Thursday to treat an injury he suffered in mid-September. Pedroia had his best offensive season since 2011, finishing fourth in runs (105) and fifth in batting average (.318) among qualified second basemen.
Pedroia is out of the lineup for Thursday's matchup against the Yankees, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports. Thursday will be just the second game that Pedroia has sat out during the month of September. However, now that the Red Sox have clinched the AL East, they can afford to let the 33-year-old have a day off as they prepare for their playoff run. Deven Marrero will make a rare appearance and start in place of Pedroia at second base.
Pedroia went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run and two RBI in Tuesday's 6-4 loss at Yankee Stadium. Pedroia has had a bounce-back campaign, scoring more runs than he has in any season since 2009. The second baseman is swinging a hot bat with six hits, four runs and seven RBI in his last three games.
Pedroia went 2-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored in Boston's 3-2 in over the Rays in extra innings Sunday. After an 0-for-17 stretch, Pedroia has four hits in his last seven at-bats and has been integral in Boston wins over Tampa Bay on Saturday and Sunday. His grand slam Saturday proved to the winning hit in a comeback victory. Then on Sunday, he scored an improbable winning run, coming home from first base on David Ortiz's double. The throw had beat Pedroia by a large margin, but he was able to pull up, work around the catcher, and made a couple of hops to elude an attempted tag before eventually touching the plate with his hand as the ball came out the catcher's mitt.